Response to Steve’s Soapbox on transport issues
I had to leave Eden Park early to get to Newmarket to make the last train back to Pukekohe via Papakura. It gets into Pukekohe at 1018pm. A great day out, the best sixes I’ve seen in many a year, my whole day ruined by Auckland transports’ system to ‘Rural Pukekohe’!!
I was hoping, when we finally got trains running at weekends last year, that my frustrations would be averted!!
Alas I was wrong! My family and I have been season ticket holders at Eden Park for the last 4 years. It was always easier to drive to Eden Park on a Friday night to support the ‘Blues’, after school and sporting events, rather than the drive to Hamilton to support the ‘Chiefs’.
We still cannot use the trains in both directions on a Friday night to attend the ‘Super 15 Rugby’ at Eden Park and therefore have to drive to Auckland. For the sake of making the last train back from Papakura to Pukekohe around midnight, rather than getting into Pukekohe at 1018pm, lots more people would use the public transport. This is not only for sporting events but people would use the train to take the whole family up to the City, take in a show, have a pleasant meal in town, knowing that they could have a few drinks and not have to drive home.
Is there a petition that we could all sign, airing our views, or how long do we have to put up paying Auckland rates for services which are not provided to the whole community?
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